Buhari Broke His Silence On Lekki Toll Gate Shooting Of Protesters As Hoodlums Loot COVID 19 Palliatives In Warehouses

By Stephen Ubanna

Those who think that it is still the Contraband    Foreign  par boiled rice    COVID 19 palliatives, of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, that are being l looted  in  various warehouses across the country  would be disappointed.    

   Hameed Ali , a retired Army colonel, and Comptroller General, NCS,  on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari, a retired Army General, early this year, had handed over 150 trucks, loaded with Foreign par boiled rice  of 50Kg  each and other items   to Sadiya Omar Farouk, minister of  Humanitarian Affairs, Disasters Management and Development,  for distribution  to the 36 states of the Federation and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

 The Lagos state government alone, was said to have got  an allocations of  over 6,000 bags of 50 Kg each of rice   from the ministry  , which  was  said to have  been shared to the residents of the state.

    But the  state   allocation of the private coalition palliatives against COVID 19, was  said to have been stored in a 60×60 warehouse  located on  Benster Crescent , popular, Monkey village, at Mazamaza Community in Oriade Council Development Area of the state.  The Osun state government, on its part, had  stored  its  allocation  at the old Cocoa Industry warehouse at Ede, in the state while  Mohammed Bello, the minister of the FCT,  stored its allocation  which include rice,  semovita,  macaroni,  spaghetti and fertilizers in a warehouse at Gwagwalada Area Council .

Ondo, Kwara, Taraba, Cross river, Kaduna  and some other states  were said to have also stored their allocations of the private sector COVID 19 , palliatives support, at  other  warehouses .   The discoveries of these palliatives  in alleged   hidden warehouses by the  hoodlums masquerading as END SARS  protesters may  have exposed the government  and its officials of hoarding the Food items for distribution TO the electorate in the upcoming   2023, general elections.

Hoodlums Invad A COVID 19 Palliativs Warehouse

.   Bayo Jimoh, Secretary  to the Food and Relief Committee on COVID 19 palliatives  in Osun state may have given an insight on  why the states have not been able to distribute the  palliatives when he said  that they were waiting for  the official Flag off of the distribution  from the Federal government. 

Jimoh,  had insisted  that  the Food items found in the warehouses forcefully opened  were not hoarded by the  government or  any of its officials for uuse in the future.  What  Jimoh, the Secreatary to the , Osun state Committee on Food and Relief on COVID 19, palliatives  was not different from what Hajia Hadiza Balarabe, the   deputy governor of Kaduna state had said. The Kaduna state deputy governor had said  that ‘’the private sector  coalition donations against COVID 19, were ’’ never hoarded by the government  and any of its officials’’.

According to her,there was no basis for the  aggrieved  Youths to break into any warehouse where these  COVID `19 palliatives were stored in the states and   for people to freely cart away the Food  items meant for people who are vulnerable t.  Hajia Balarabe had said that in Kaduna, state, for instance, Nasir El-Rufai, the state governor had given the nod to the committee handling the distribution exercise to  go ahead  with it but the Committee  wants to do a good job by  arranging a fair  and efficient system  to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

Insiders told The Value News  that  it was the bursting of the warehouse  at Monkey village, Mazamaza Area of Lagos state  by the  hoodlums  that paved the  way  for  hoodlums in other states of the Federation and the FCT, to  invade and loot such  warehouses found in their respective  states and the FCT.

Sanwo-olu: Governor of Lagos state

 The Sokoto state  Emergency Management Agency, SEMA,  set up by Aminu Tambuwal, the  governor, may have beaten the hoodlums to it as it  was said to have  started  the distribution of the palliatives stored in the warehouse   to the people. Zubairu  Albadau, Special Adviser to Tambuwal, the Sokoto state  governor ,  who was said to have  flagged off the exercise  had said that the palliatives had been distributed to beneficiaries at Isa, Sabon  Birni  and Gada Local government Areas of the state.  He had assured   other Local government areas  yet to be reached  to be patients as arrangement had been concluded to  commence the distribution of the COVID  19 palliatives  anytime soon.

 Political analysts  argued  that there was no basis for the government  to have delayed the distribution of the  Food items which were in the  stored in different warehouses across the country   when other nations  are taking good care of their citizenry. They  cited the North American country of the United  States, US, where all Tax payers were said to have been  given a COVID 19 palliative of $1,000 by President Donald Trump.

 Worried over the politics played   at the  Federal and state level over the distribution of the COVID 19 palliatives stored in the  warehouses in the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT, Political analysts had said  that the  Buhari Administration  has questions to answers.

The heat on the  governors  over the hoodlums    bursting of warehouses in their respective states   where the COVID 19 palliatives are stored may have forced the Leadership of the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF , to speak out  in order to clear their name over allegations of hoarding the Food items.

Abdulrazaq Bello-Barkindo, spokesperson of the Forum,  had told those that cares to listen that’’ no state has been involved  in or has hoarded  any palliative’’.  Barkindo had said that the  palliatives  found  in warehouses that were broken into in Lagos  and some other states of the Federation  were kept in storage  for members of the society  , particular, the vulnerable group. He explained that’’ some of the palliatives  had  the CACOVID 19 stamp  embossed  on them,  meaning that that their source is unambiguous ’’.

Given an insider information, Barkindo, the NGF, spokesperson, disclosed that ‘’until mid- October, 2020,  when the governors  had their  last meeting , only 26 states were said to have participated  in the Flag-Ceremonies  for the distribution the palliatives in their respective states.      

Nigerians Cart Away Away COVID 19 Warehouse Forced Open

He had  stated further  that  the states that still  had palliatives  in their warehouses  chose to keep ‘’ to keep a strategic reserve  ahead of  a projected  second wave of COVID 19’’, at a time when people  are looking for what to eat.  He may have indicted theministry overseeing the distribution of the palliatives of worsening matters. According to him,  as at now, ‘’some of the states  were still receiving  palliatives from the Hajia Omar-Farouk led ministry of HJumanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Development and wondered how such states could plan for the distribution of their own palliatives without distrIBUtion. The Nigerian President who is not happy  over the looting of th warehouses   where COVID 19 palliatives are stored  I Lagos and some other states of the Federation and the FCT, had  pleaded  with parents and guardians  ‘’not to encourage their children  and wards  to partake  in the nationwide looting  of warehouses  where COVID 19 palliatives are stored across the country. He had urged  wives  to  force their husbands  ‘’to return  looted Food items  brought home  by their wards as it has not been accounted for by the states’’.

Moreso, he had said that he had  said that he had refused  to be dragged into any discussion on the alleged shooting of END SARS protesters at Lekki Toll  ate in Lagos state ’’until all the facts are established’’.  He may have gladdened the heart of Nigerians when he said that the  ‘’machinery  of  the government  and the wheel of justice   will turn  against  the perpetrators  of murder, arson,  stealing,  rape, assault and malicious damage  to public and private property’’.

He had given words  to assist the nation  ‘’to give justice  to peaceful END SARS protesters  who lost their  lives , security men who were murdered, and  property owners  whose assets  were vandalized and looted  across the country. PA,  Recall  that he had sent Babatunde Fashola, a former Lagos state  and minister of Worka and Housing as well as other ministers from the south west geo-political serving in  the All Progressive Congress,  APC,  government to pay a visit to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos state governor to Commiserate with him  over the public and private proverty destroyed in the state  and make assessment.  He was said to have also asked the ministers to make a stop over  the Nigerian ports Authority, NPA, under the close watch of Hajia Hadiza Bala Usman, and the state DNA Forensic  Unit was  said  by the hoodlums and report back to him. Let us hope that he  will keep to his words  to support the Lagos state government to fix the damaged  facilities and compensate  private business looted by the hoodlums.  It had been estimated that about N3 trillion  would be  needed  to fix back the  damaged infrastructural facilities across the country, according to analysts.  

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